Panda Volunteer Program & Chengdu City Leisure
This 2-day Wolong panda tour covers the highlights of Chengdu plus meaningful panda volunteer program at Shenshuping Panda Base in one go! Immerse yourselves in the laid-back city, ramble to explore tea culture in Renmin Park, Three Kingdom culture in Jinli Old Street and feel inner peace in Wenshu Monastery...after the sightseeing, transfer to Wolong Town (100 kilometers from Chengdu with 2.5 hours’ drive) which will be perfect to match your schedules and energy.
Why taking Wolong panda volunteer program? Travelers will reach deep into the real original habitat of giant pandas in the mountain valley of Western Sichuan, have intimate interaction with the lovely pandas and experience in person the daily work of keepers to know more about giant pandas and how to protect them. Highlighting attractions, perfect connection, suitable pace, superb experience...all are in the 2 days!
Please Note: Wolong Shenshuping Panda Base can accept up to 15 volunteers in one day for Panda Volunteer Program and you need to inquire and make the reservation in advance.
Your local guide and driver will pick you up and then take you to visit the well-known attraction of the Wenshu Monastery, Jinli Old Street and Renmin Park in Chengdu downtown. Drive to Wolong and accommodate near Shenshuping Panda Base.
Visit Shenshuping Panda Base and experience the panda volunteer program: clean the enclosure of pandas, dump the drops, make the food for pandas and learn much about pandas, etc.
Welcome to Chengdu, the hometown of Giant Panda.
Your local guide and driver will meet you at the hotel and escort you to visit famous attractions in the downtown to feel the strong leisure culture of Chengdu.
Firstly, you will visit a hidden spiritual Buddhist temple in the hustling downtown of Chengdu – Wenshu Temple. Marvel at the exquisite Buddhist architecture, soak in the reverent atmosphere, and wander on the peaceful paths.
Chengdu is famous for its relaxing and leisure pace throughout China, which will be proved after a stay in Renmin Park. Sit down, order a pot of Chinese tea, make a casual chat with your friends and watching locals indulging themselves in different kinds of folk entertainment – napping in a lively teahouse, playing mahjong, disco dancing, neck massage, ear cleaning…Next is an impressive trip to the famous Jinli Old Street. Time steals away from you quietly while walking on the lively streets which are full of delicious local snacks, delicate artifacts, interesting folk shows, etc.
After the leisure tour in Chengdu city, the driver and guide will transfer you to the accommodation in Gengda Township in Wolong that is the real home land of giant pandas it needs about 2 hours for driving about 105 kilometers (about 65 miles). Have a good sleep!
After your breakfast, you will be transferred to Shenshuping Panda Base, which locates at a very primitive valley, the real home land for the giant pandas. Now let’s start your one full day’s Wolong panda volunteer program which usually includes:
Arrive at the volunteer center at Wolong Panda Base, know about and sign the safety announcement, get your volunteer passing card, put on the working clothes and gloves, and deal with relative procedures under the help of the staff there.
During the more than half an hour time, take the old bamboos out, damp the drops of pandas, know more about the living environment and conditions of pandas through careful observation, and clean their houses, etc.
Visit the breeding area for giant pandas under the company of the staff of the science education center at the base. You can watch pandas playing together, eating bamboos, climbing trees, rolling on the ground, etc. This is a great moment to take pictures of these super stars.
Shenshuping Panda Base prepares nutritious lunch for panda volunteers at the dining hall. Enjoy your meal with the staff there.
Visit the panda base on your own freely to see the great living environment of pandas. Also, you can have a break at the panda volunteer center and prepare energy for activities in the afternoon.
Enjoy the interesting movie about the giant pandas. Have a better understanding of the wild training and reintroduction of pandas and know about the great story of people living in harmony with pandas.
Know about what kinds of ingredients needed for panda cakes, and learn how to do the cakes for giant panda by yourself with the help of the staff.
Return the working clothes and passing card to the staff. Receive the panda volunteer’s certificate and other delicate souvenir to end your full day’s volunteer experience.
After the whole day’s volunteer program experience, you will be driven back to Chengdu. Tour ends.
1. The above arrangements will be adjusted according to the specific situations and the volunteer program may be delayed or inaccessible by inevitable requirements, control, and Force Majeure like earthquakes, epidemic...
2. Pre-work Training:
Volunteers are required to participate in the pre-work training before 09:00 a.m. on that very day to better know how to do the volunteer program. Some parts of the activity would be cancelled if you arrive there late, so it is suggested get to the base before 08:30 a.m.
(a) Health Examination Form: Being a volunteer, you should apply it a week in advance with your Application Form and Health Examination Form (valid medical certificate and signature which could apply it in your country or in China). Interested people could feel free to contact our travel consultant for more information or let them register for you.
(b) Age & Number Limitations: The center can accept up to 15 volunteers at any one time and the age should be between 12 and 65.
(c) Avoid Using Strong Smell: For pandas have keen sense of smell, volunteers should avoid using perfume or other odorous articles like mosquito repellent liquid, nail polish, skin care products, makeups, etc. on the volunteer work day.
(d) Healthy Bodies: To well protect giant pandas, volunteers are required to be healthy, and people who are suffering from illness, like a cold, fever, influenza, and other infectious diseases are not suitable to have body contact with the giant pandas.
(e) Force Majeure: The panda volunteer program is to be delayed or inaccessible if there is Force Majeure like earthquakes, epidemic... Also, your program may be influenced by the inevitable requirement and control.
4. Pre-booking & Temporary Cancellation:
Panda volunteers at Shenshuping Panda Base are required to make reservations of the programs in advance, even 1 to 2 months prior to the very program date for volunteers during peak seasons (mainly from May to October). Any temporary cancellation, increase and reduction of participants of those programs are needed to tell us as early as possible (better in advance for at least 10 days excluding the national public holidays and weekends). Thank you for the generous understanding.
5. If you are allergic to any food, please tell us, your local guide, or the base staff in advance.
6. If you have got more questions and ideas, please feel free to contact our professional travel consultants.
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1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one standard double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling with our private tour in low seasons.
2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.
3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2023.
4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1=RMB 6.85. The final quote is based on current exchange rate. It may change according to the currency fluctuation, while the RMB quotation will be remained the same.
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To make your life more colorful and interesting, you could take our best-selected optional activities in the most popular destinations like Chengdu.
You have the final say whether you want it or not. It would be better to decide when you are in the destinations. On one hand, the shows and performances may change according to season and weather. On the other hand, you can check your physical condition, time and discuss with your experienced local guide who may give you useful suggestions. If you are interested, your patient guide will accompany you there and escort you back to your hotel. Please pay attention that extra fee is charged for the optional shows and activities.
Place: Shufengyayun Opera House
Show Time: 20:00 – 21:30
Useful Advice: Pay a relaxing visit to Qingtai Road, Chengdu Culture Park.
Sichuan opera, with 1700 years history, is the famous traditional Chinese operas. The typical stunts include “Faces Changing”, “Fire Spitting”, “Rolling Lamp”, “Folk Music”, “Hand Shadow” and “Puppet Opera”, etc. Shufengyayun Opera House is the great place to enjoy Sichuan Opera while sipping the local tea. There are many programs offered including the classic stunts which will make you have great fun in this traditional opera house.
You need to pack some personal gears, such as light and comfortable walking shoes, outdoor coat and pants. You'd better also pack sun cream, sun glasses.
1. A valid passport, a valid China visa and Tibet Permits are necessary documents for traveling in Tibet.
2. In Tibet, we suggest you avoid strong activity; do not take shower at the first day; drink more water and avoid of alcohol; better not to take oxygen if your AMS symptoms are mild. Always remember that if you have any problems or feel uncomfortable, please tell your guide immediately or contact our travel consultant.
3. A windbreaker, a pair of durable and comfortable shoes, a down jacket (better with hat), sunscreen cream, sun block, skin cream and lip balm, sunglasses, medicine for urgent use.
Chengdu Research Base of Panda Breeding is only available to see giant pandas. If you are interested in giant panda volunteer experience, please extend to Dujiangyan Panda Base, Wolong Shenshuping Panda Base or Ya'an Bifengxia Panda Base instead.
Taking high speed train to travel around China will be unique and special experience for you. Instead of taking flight, you can take high speed train from Beijing to Xian/Xian to Beijing, Chengdu to Chongqing, Yichang to Shanghai/Shanghai to Yichang, etc. All are within comfortable traveling time to reach the destinations. If you are interested, please feel free to ask our travel consultants to arrange high speed train for you.
Vegetarian food in Chinese cuisine culture is usually divided into 3 categories: the Monastery Vegetarian Food, the Court Vegetarian Food and the Folk Vegetarian Food. And the main ingredients are: soybean, taro powder, mushrooms, fresh vegetables and tofu (bean curd). It will be easier to find the vegetarian restaurants in big cities of china, such as: Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, HK, etc.
We suggest you to list any food or ingredients that you are allergic to and let our travel consultant know. Then your travel consultant will mark them in the guide’s itinerary, so that our guides in different cities can make some preparations and arrangements in advance.
The tour guides and driver will be at the same restaurants with you, but they will only join the meal when you invite. Sometimes the drivers are shy to join as they usually eat fast and could not understand English talk around the table, so the guide will be with you more often.
Yes, you will. There will be some meals excluded in your itinerary as you like, and your private guide will be delighted to give you some suggestions and take you to the local restaurants, if you are interested in local food tasting. But remember, some local snacks may not match your stomach, so ask your guided for more information before eating.
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If you do not need something from them, just do not ask for price. Some of the venders are very persisted, and if they keep selling things to you, you can simply say “No, thanks.” (Chinese pronunciation: ”Bu, XieXie”). If they do not give up, you just keep silence. Silence is sometimes useful to handle this situation.
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Note: As our Beijing office is using the different guide arranging system, so we will not be able to provide the Beijing guide information until the day before you arrival, but once we have it, we will email you immediately.
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There will be some meals excluded in your itinerary as you like, and your private guide will be delighted to give you some suggestions and take you to the local restaurants to taste like Beijing Roast Duck, Xian Dumpling Dinner, Sichuan Hotpot, etc., if you are interested in local food tasting.
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